Sunday, November 5, 2017

Tri-State Airport (KHTS) director announces resignation

HUNTINGTON - After nine years of serving as Huntington Tri-State Airport's director, Jerry Brienza announced his resignation Friday.

"It has been an honor and my privilege to serve the citizens of the Tri-State as their airport director for nine years," Brienza said in a prepared statement. "The Tri-State Airport Authority Board is one of the only regional enterprises in the region and one of the finest group of individuals I've ever served."

Brienza's last official day will be Friday, Nov. 17, and he will assume his new role as airport director at Rogue Valley International - Medford Airport in Oregon on Monday, Nov. 27.

During his tenure, the airport has undergone many changes and improvements, such as terminal renovations, rehabilitation to most of the ramps and taxiways, reconstruction of the runway, renovations to the Huntington Jet Center, grant funding awards, the recruitment of both aeronautical and non-aeronautical business, and the development of the Tri-State Aeroplex, a 95-acre airport industrial park.

"These are truly challenging times, and the only thing that's certain in this industry is change," he said. "I believe the airport and the region are on track for exponential growth, and I thank everyone who gave me the opportunity to be a part of it."

Brienza served on the board of governors for Mountwest Community &Technical College and also served as president of the West Virginia Airport Managers Association.

"Jerry did far more than just run an airport," said Bill Bissett, president and CEO of the Huntington Regional Chamber of Commerce. "He was an active member of the Huntington Regional Chamber's board and a strong supporter of economic development efforts in this region. Most of all, Jerry bought great positivity to any project where he was involved. I hope we can find a replacement with that same positive attitude."

Airport officials did not return messages seeking comment regarding Brienza's resignation and the process of filling the open position.

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